Both my parents are teachers. Perhaps that’s why I’m so inclined to head to the white board to scratch out some crude infographics every time an artist asks me about how royalties work. Or perhaps it’s because the concept and structure of music industry royalties it’s so convoluted, I gotta draw a bunch of arrows jutting to and fro pie and flow charts.

Fortunately for you, there’s no white board around at the moment for me to bombard you with my doodles. Also fortunately for you, Kaitlyn Raterman (Managing Director of Licensing & Publishing at Symphonic Distribution) did a GREAT job breaking down, organizing, and explaining royalties for you.

Think you are owed royalties? Oh yeah? Which type? Mechanical? Performance? Neighboring? Bet you didn’t know that last one. Check out her full article here.